By Jakiya Dudley, Digital Media Specialist
Bay Minette, Ala – On Wednesday, January 18, I was pleased to meet the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year, Administrative Support Assistant III Sharon Safford. As a 34-year employee of the Bureau beginning in January 1989, Safford has gained an abundance of experience and has the ability to handle any situation thrown her way. She jokingly refers to herself as an “honorary probation and parole officer,” when assisting officers tackling daily duties.
“Ever since I’ve known Ms. Safford, she’s carried a pleasant, kind attitude and a willingness to help wherever she’s needed,” said District Manager John Brantley.
Safford’s experience and quick-thinking kicked in during an incident of a runaway child, who ended up near the Bay Minette Field Office. Safford immediately noticed the dangerous situation as the child approached Highway 59, which is one of the busiest highways in Baldwin County. She brought him inside the office and comforted him, along with the rest of the field office staff, until police were notified.
“I commended all of Bay Minette Field Office employees who took part in ensuring this child’s safety and I am especially thankful that Ms. Safford quickly intervened and got involved in this situation because something terrible could have happened,” said Brantley. “I’m proud to have her as part of our team.”
She displayed a great amount of initiative and heroism by preventing a potential life threating situation. Safford is a two-time recipient of the ASA of the Year award, which she also received in 2011 as recognition of her outstanding service to her profession and community.
“I often live by the motto – Be kind because you never know what someone is going through. Kindness is prominent in my position,” said ASA III Safford.
The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles appreciates our employees who continuously go over and beyond to serve and protect Alabama communities.